The true spirit of Motown comes to Wynn when the legendary Smokey Robinson arrives for three exclusive performances at the intimate Encore Theater. As a member of The Miracles, Robinson co-founded the iconic music label with Berry Gordy Jr. and went on to produce 26 top-40 hits, including “You’ve Really Got a Hold On Me,” “I Second That Emotion” and “The Tears of a Clown.” As one of Motown’s most prolific songwriters and producers, Robinson is also responsible for “My Guy,” “The Way You Do the Things You Do,” and “Get Ready.” Among the earliest inductees of the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, Robinson also has enjoyed a stellar solo career with hits like “Cruisin’” and “Being With You.” Book your tickets now to experience the man Bob Dylan has called “America’s Greatest Poet.”
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Once pronounced by Bob Dylan as America’s “greatest living poet,” acclaimed singer-songwriter Smokey Robinson’s career spans over 4 decades of hits. He has received numerous awards including the Grammy Living Legend Award, NARAS Lifetime Achievement Award, Honorary Doctorate (Howard University), Kennedy Center Honors and the National Medal of Arts Award from the President of the United States. He has also been inducted into the Rock ‘n’ Roll Hall of Fame and the Songwriters’ Hall of Fame.
Born and raised in Detroit, Michigan, Robinson founded The Miracles while still in high school. The group was Berry Gordy’s first vocal group, and it was at Robinson’s suggestion that Gordy started the Motown Record dynasty. Their single of Robinson’s “Shop Around” became Motown’s first #1 hit on the R&B singles chart. In the years following, Robinson continued to pen hits for the group including “You’ve Really Got a Hold on Me,” “Ooo Baby Baby,” “The Tracks of My Tears,” “Going to a Go-Go,” “More Love,” “Tears of a Clown” (co-written with Stevie Wonder), and “I Second That Emotion.”
The Miracles dominated the R&B scene throughout the 1960’s and early 70’s and Robinson became Vice President of Motown Records serving as in-house producer, talent scout and songwriter.
In addition to writing hits for the Miracles, Robinson wrote and produced hits for other Motown greats including The Temptations, Mary Wells, Brenda Holloway, Marvin Gaye and others. “The Way You Do the Things You Do,” “My Girl,” “Get Ready,” “You Beat Me to the Punch,” “Don’t Mess with Bill,” “Ain’t That Peculiar,” and “My Guy” are just a few of his songwriting triumphs during those years.
During the course of his 50-year career in music, Robinson has accumulated more than 4,000 songs to his credit and continues to thrill sold-out audiences around the world with his high tenor voice, impeccable timing, and profound sense of lyric. Purchase your tickets early so you don't miss out on seeing Smokey Robinson live in Las Vegas.